Episode 296: BL and David discuss Google’s Project Witness that uses virtual reality to generate empathy for jailed children; Amazon’s program to create actual brand voices to play on its Echo smart speaker; ASCII art of refugee programmers; tech titans’ efforts to combat coronavirus misinformation; augmented reality Google Maps; Facebook’s bug bounty program; Chrome’s website security deadline; reviews in Google Search Console; a glaring user experience fail in Adobe Acrobat; Target’s Minnesota Badgers miscue; …and much, much more..
Episode 293: BL and David discuss why Planters murdered Mr. Peanut; Angelina Jolie producing a BBC show to teach children how to spot fake news; a brewery that put shelter dogs on beer cans to spur adoptions; Verizon’s new OneSearch privacy-focused search engine; Product Hunt’s Golden Kitty Awards; Google podcast time stamping; Apple TV+ Podcasts; Morning Brew’s podcast lessons; fraudulent .gov domains; YouTube moderators’ PTSD; Apple’s encryption back door..and much, much more.
Episode 287: BL and David discuss the controversy over social media political ads and two of the proposed solutions; The Climate Trail video game that takes place in the climate change apocalypse; Samsung’s selfie satellite fail; Yahoo Groups’ move to email-only; unrest on the Facebook campus; the trend toward video games as spectator sport epitomized with the launch of the Minnesota Vikings’ eSports team; hot dog boy gets a ride in Oscar Mayer’s weinermobile; McDonald’s social media fail; Amazon’s Choice paid reviews; Joe Biden’s domain fiasco; political Twitter; and much, much more.
Episode 270: BL and David discuss the geo-targeted update of Soul Asylum’s hit song Runaway Train devoted to the discovery of missing kids; IKEA’s recreation of living rooms from The Simpsons, Friends & Stranger Things; Crossfit’s Facebook pause; Google’s Translatotron technology; Tiny replica McDonald’s bee hives; David Gilmour’s podcast series telling the backstory of three of his famous guitars; Guns Down America’s challenge to blacklist the NRA; Jeff Jarvis’ superb essay about our Crisis of Cognition; PR pros need to do the legwork; Antitrust investigations heating up for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google; Google’s suspicious outage; The North Face’s disastrous black hat SEO tactic; the limitations of social listening;…and much, much more.
Episode 268: BL and David discuss Facebook’s dubious commitment to user privacy; the increasing importance of sonic branding; Burger King’s mental burgers; Snapchat’s Holocaust survivor Stories; a clever Big Little Lies commercial; Creative Commons’ visual search emerges from Beta; LinkeIn testing a Services Offered section for profiles; Poynter’s indexing of fake news sites; YouTube Music arrives on Google Home and YouTube lands on Amazon Fire TV devices; a mockery of our smart phone addiction; how extremism spreads through alternative influence networks; Chase Bank’s poor-shaming;…and much, much more.
Episode 258: BL and David discuss discuss the explosive extortion and blackmail allegations Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has leveled against AMI and The National Enquirer; a follow-up story on the viral egg; Spotify’s purchase of Gimlet Media and Anchor; Samsung’s Tinder refrigerator; 230 new emoji; Wildlife Conservation Fund’s crooning critters; Google’s auto ad agency; a visual controversy on Twitter; Amazon Echo’s URL Problem; Delta Airline & Diet Coke’s creepy napkins; a tribute to the late Representative John Dingell; Howard Schultz prefers you call him a man of means;…and much, much more.
Episode 249: BL and David discuss the new revelations of Facebook’s shady response to the Russian infiltration of its network; China ZTE’s exporting of the technological tools of totalitarianism to Venezuela; the Wall Street Journal’s efforts to detect deepfakes; the long-form video trend at YouTube; Firefox Monitor’s data breach notifications; a hilarious response to cheap clients; Facebook’s Most Amazing Dog show; Pandora’s Podcast Genome project; Iceland Foods’ banned Christmas commercial; Coca-Cola’s sappy social media wipe; the GoFundMe fraud story gets fraud-ier;…and much, much more.
Episode 221: BL and David discuss United Airlines’ recent customer service fail that resulted in the death of a customer’s puppy; the students’ national walkout over gun control; Facebook testing voice status updates; #AskEddie has a new gig; the best cover letter in the history of cover letters; a Time’s Up agency; Twitter verification for everyone; Quartz’ obsessive emails; Google’s encryption drop-dead date; Rihanna snaps at Snap; Melania Trump wags her finger at social executives; news coming to Facebook Watch; YouTube’s Wikipediafication; a massive fake news study; and much, much more.
Episode 219: BL and David discuss the March For Our Lives PSA video; NECTAR Sleep’s sleep like a baby television commercial; Izod Lacoste’s cause marketing campaign of replacing the iconic crocodile with threatened species; the 157 new emojis that will be released this year; the voice-activated Pokemon, Pikachu Talk; Eli Rezkallah’s reversed sexist ads; the arrival of the Twitter bookmarks feature; historian Michael Beschloss’ use of Twitter; an excellent infographic example from HubSpot; an unfortunate rap video by Utah state representatives; Twitter’s prohibition against simultaneous tweets; LittleThings Facebook algorithm problem; Maine’s emoji activists; …and much, much more.
Episode 218: BL and David discuss an autocomplete Black Panther interview; Twitter amping up the news while Facebook flounders; the Amazon Pollycast; Bloomberg’s Twitter TicToc; the lonely dog that went viral; Lucky Charms gets mythical; Watson gets embedded in virtual and augmented reality; the Marketoonist; the coming artificial reality apocalypse; the next chapter in Net Neutrality repeal; a clumsy, milky metaphor; Gmail gets AMPed; concussion spotting technology; and much, much more.